Royal guards in tall black furry hats, black pants & red coats approach Windsor Castle during the Classic England River Thames Cruise.
Highclere Castle with 3 stories, flags flying, green grass surrounding & blue sky, seen during a barge cruise in England.
A stone bench & walkway surrounded by green ferns in a secret garden at Highclere Castle, seen during the Classic England Including Downton Abbey Cruise.
A white-&-brown Tudor Mansion with terracotta roof tiles, seen on a sunny day during a London river cruise.
Immaculate gardens leading up to tall Windsor Castle, seen on a sunny day during the Classic England River Thames Cruise.
View Photos
Europe Northern Europe Cruise

Classic England River Thames Cruise

England’s River Thames offers quaint, scenic countryside and rustic beauty. On this 7-day barge cruise in England, meander past royal palaces, riverside towns and villages aboard the 8-guest Magna Carta canal boat. Experience a real mixture of olde worlde England and the natural beauty of Surrey, Berkshire and Oxfordshire. From Henry VIII’s Hampton Court, cruise past Windsor Castle to Henley, with frequent stops allowing plenty of time to wander and explore while following an old Viking trading route deep into the rural countryside, along the River Thames.

Gentle exploration is the highlight of this London river cruise, with exceptional cycling and walking opportunities along the Royal River Thames. Visit traditional boat builders, art galleries and on select departures, the real Downton Abbey. Enjoy afternoon tea, tour Henry VIII’s apartments and the Royal Chapel, Windsor Castle and its magnificent gardens, England’s oldest inn and Oxford. Enjoy a less crowded European river cruise with charming scenery on this River Thames cruise.

Each departure operates round-trip from London, either cruising west to Henley-on-Thames, with an overland transfer east back to London, or starting with an overland transfer west to Henley-on-Thames and cruising east back to London. Each departure’s direction is typically confirmed 6-8 weeks in advance. The alternative Downton Abbey itinerary adds a visit to Downton Abbey’s Highclere Castle.

The elegant and spacious, air-conditioned, 8-passenger Magna Carta is the perfect hotel barge for this royal river cruise. Her small guest count, doting crew and gastronomic delights are sure to delight. And her stylish interiors and sun decks provide an unrivaled view during this England barge cruise.

Consider securing Magna Carta for private charter cruises in England, with theme options such as golf, theater, tennis and family cruises, or customize your own itinerary.

Read on for details about this trip, or learn more about AdventureSmith’s Northern Europe cruises.



Itinerary

Classic Cruise—England Itinerary

The Classic England River Thames Cruise operates round-trip from London. Embark in London and cruise west to Henley-on-Thames, with an overland transfer east back to London. Along the way, explore castles, gardens, churches, royal properties, rural villages and the charming English countryside.

Route map of Classic England River Thames Cruise, operating between London & Henley-on-Thames, with overland transit to end in London, and visits to Hampton Court Palace, Runnymede, Windsor, Cliveden & Hurley.
Read More
Day 1
SUN - Embark London, England to Hampton Court Palace

Be met at the Stafford Hotel in central London for afternoon English Cream Tea, before being transferred by private chauffeured minibus to the ship. Champagne reception and welcome by the captain and crew. Dinner on board.

Accommodations

Magna Carta

Meals

dinner

Read More
Day 2
MON - Runnymede

This morning explore the magnificent Hampton Court Palace. Tour Henry VIII’s apartments and the Royal Chapel, feel the chill in the haunted gallery and wonder at the Tudor kitchens. Outside, the gardens are breathtaking with The Great Vine, the oldest in the country still producing grapes and the famous maze. After lunch, cruise through a number of locks including Sunbury and Molesey to moor at Runnymede. Dinner on board.

Accommodations

Magna Carta

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 3
TUE - Windsor

After breakfast, consider using the spa facilities of the newly refurbished Runnymede-on-Thames Hotel. Then cruise to Windsor, past the Magna Carta Memorial and Magna Carta Island where in 1215, King John was forced to meet the powerful barons and seal the historic document. The afternoon excursion is to Windsor Castle. Built by William the Conqueror in 1066 and a royal home for over 900 years by the Royal Family, this is the largest inhabited castle in the world. Explore the State Apartments, see Queen Mary’s Dolls House and St George’s Chapel, and enjoy the far-reaching views. Dinner on board.

Accommodations

Magna Carta

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 4
WED - Cliveden

This morning, take a short drive to the Tudor manor house of Dorney Court, a very special home that has been owned by the Palmer family for more than 450 years and used regularly as a film location. Later, cruise upstream past the fabulous waterside houses of Bray and through the spectacular Cliveden Reach to an exclusive mooring on the Cliveden estate. Once home to the Astor family, it has amazing gardens and was, of course, the scene of much political scandal and intrigue. Dinner on board.

Accommodations

Magna Carta

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 5
THU - Hurley

After breakfast, cruise farther upstream to visit the Stanley Spencer Gallery in Cookham and take a walk around the village he once described as “Heaven on Earth,” before cruising through Marlow to Hurley. Tour Peter Freebody’s boatyard nearby and watch in wonder as the traditional craftsmen build and restore classic wooden craft. Take time to explore the ancient village, including Ye Olde Bell, reputed to be the oldest inn in the country, before returning to the hotel barge. Dinner on board.

Accommodations

Magna Carta

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 6
FRI - Henley-on-Thames & Oxford

Enjoy a morning cruise to Henley-on-Thames through fabulous countryside, ending at the final mooring along the famous Henley Regatta Rowing Course. Take an earlier lunch and then drive to Oxford for a fascinating tour of Christ Church, Oxford’s grandest college, founded by Cardinal Wolsey and then again by King Henry VIII. The magnificent surroundings were also where Lewis Carroll wrote Alice in Wonderland. Captain’s farewell dinner on board.

Accommodations

Magna Carta

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 7
SAT - Disembark Henley-on-Thames to London & Depart

After breakfast, disembark and be transferred by private chauffeured minibus to central London or the airport.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

Read More
Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Transfers between central London and the hotel barge (the approximate transfer duration is 1 hour or 1.5 hours depending on the cruise direction), a luxury 6 night cruise, all meals on board catered for by the onboard Master Chef, an open bar 24/7 with a large range of alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks, all wines served throughout the cruise, excursions and admittance fees as per the itinerary, the services of crew members and use of barge facilities including DVD players in each cabin, bicycles and a spa pool.

Exclusions

Air transportation; insurance of any kind; gratuities.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of $1,000 is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
91 or more days – 100% of deposit
90-0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Arrival & Departure

The main Classic England River Thames Cruise operates round-trip from London, England (LHR), cruising to Henley-on-Thames and ending with an overland transfer back to London. We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. Plan flights to arrive to London in time for 3:00pm afternoon tea with your captain at The Stafford Hotel, London, followed by a transfer to the ship, on day 1 of the itinerary. Disembarkation follows breakfast on the final day. Plan flights to depart London no earlier than 2:00pm on the final day, or opt to be transferred back to the Stafford Hotel by 11:00am. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Activities

European barge cruises operate at a relaxed pace, with options for walking and biking along the way.

Room Configuration

Single travelers wishing to book a double-occupancy room may do so at a $1550 supplement (value departures) or $1800 supplement (regular departures) in addition to the per-person listed rate in select cabins upon availability.

Families & Children

Children 12 years and older are welcomed aboard all departure dates; children 11 years and under are allowed on special Family Departures or any charter. Children under the age of 18 are eligible for $300 off the double occupancy rate.

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. You must purchase your travel insurance policy within 15 or 21 days of booking (depending on plan) for it to cover pre-existing medical conditions; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, national park regulation or at the captain’s discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.

Reverse Classic Cruise—England Itinerary

The reverse Classic England River Thames Cruise operates round-trip from London. Begin with an overland transfer west to Henley-on-Thames, then cruise east back to London. Along the way, explore castles, gardens, churches, royal properties, rural villages and the charming English countryside.

Route map of Classic England River Thames Cruise, operating between London & Henley-on-Thames, with overland transit to end in London, and visits to Hampton Court Palace, Runnymede, Windsor, Cliveden & Hurley.
Read More
Day 1
SUN - Depart London to Henley-on-Thames & Embark

Be met at the Stafford Hotel in central London for afternoon English Cream Tea, before being transferred by private chauffeured minibus to the ship. Enjoy a champagne welcome and an introduction to the crew, and perhaps an evening stroll along the towpath. Dinner on board.

Accommodations

Magna Carta

Meals

dinner

Read More
Day 2
MON - Hurley

After breakfast, drive to Oxford for a fascinating tour of Christ Church, Oxford’s grandest college, founded by Cardinal Wolsey and then again by King Henry VIII. The magnificent surroundings were also where Lewis Carroll wrote Alice in Wonderland. After lunch, cruise the famous Regatta Mile, where every July, rowing teams from around the world compete in front of champagne and Pimms-fuelled crowds, then continue through fabulous countryside to Hurley. Here, tour Peter Freebody’s boatyard nearby and watch in wonder as the traditional craftsmen build and restore classic wooden craft. Take time to explore the ancient village, including Ye Olde Belle, reputed to be the oldest inn in the country, before returning to the hotel barge. Dinner on board.

Accommodations

Magna Carta

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 3
TUE - Cliveden

After breakfast, cruise through Marlow to Cookham for a visit to the Stanley Spencer Gallery, which celebrates the paintings of one of
England’s greatest and most eccentric artists. Take a walk around this picturesque village he once described as “Heaven on Earth” and where he painted much of his work, then continue the cruise into the spectacular Cliveden Reach to an exclusive mooring on the Cliveden estate. Dinner on board.

Accommodations

Magna Carta

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 4
WED - Windsor

This morning, take a tour of the Cliveden estate. Once home to the Astor family, it has amazing gardens and was, of course, the scene of much political scandal and intrigue. After lunch, cruise past the fabulous waterside houses of Bray to the ship’s mooring right in the heart of Royal Windsor. Enjoy a late afternoon tour of the Tudor manor house, Dorney Court, a very special home that has been owned by the Palmer family for more than 450 years and used regularly as a film location. Dinner on board.

Accommodations

Magna Carta

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 5
THU - Shepperton

Enjoy a morning tour of Windsor Castle, a short walk from the ship’s mooring. Built by William the Conqueror in 1066 and a royal home for over 900 years, this is the largest inhabited castle in the world. Explore the State Apartments and St George’s Chapel, see Queen Mary’s Dolls House and enjoy the far-reaching views. During lunch, cruise and enjoy breathtaking views of the castle and past the meadows of Runnymede and Magna Carta Island, where in 1215 King John was forced to meet the powerful barons and seal the historic document. Consider using the spa facilities of the Runnymede-on-Thames Hotel, then continue cruising to a secluded overnight mooring near Shepperton lock. Dinner on board.

Accommodations

Magna Carta

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 6
FRI - Hampton Court Palace

After breakfast, spend the morning cruising through countryside and the delightful riverside towns and locks of Sunbury and Molesey to a special final mooring right by Hampton Court Palace. After lunch, explore the magnificent Palace, touring Henry VIII’s apartments and the Royal Chapel. Feel the chill in the haunted gallery and wonder at the Tudor kitchens. Outside, the gardens are stunning, with The Great Vine, the oldest in the country still producing grapes and the famous maze. Captain’s farewell dinner on board.

Accommodations

Magna Carta

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 7
SAT - Disembark Hampton Court Palace, London

After breakfast, be transferred by private chauffeured minibus to central London or the airport.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

Read More
Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Transfers between central London and the hotel barge (the approximate transfer duration is 1 hour or 1.5 hours depending on the cruise direction), a luxury 6 night cruise, all meals on board catered for by the onboard Master Chef, an open bar 24/7 with a large range of alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks, all wines served throughout the cruise, excursions and admittance fees as per the itinerary, the services of crew members and use of barge facilities including DVD players in each cabin, bicycles and a spa pool.

Exclusions

Air transportation; insurance of any kind; gratuities.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of $1,000 is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
91 or more days – 100% of deposit
90-0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Arrival & Departure

The reverse Classic England River Thames Cruise operates round-trip from London, England (LHR), beginning with an overland transfer to Henley-on-Thames and cruising back to London. We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. Plan flights to arrive to London in time for 3:00pm afternoon tea with your captain at The Stafford Hotel, London, followed by a transfer to the ship, on day 1 of the itinerary. Disembarkation follows breakfast on the final day. Plan flights to depart London no earlier than 2:00pm on the final day, or opt to be transferred back to the Stafford Hotel by 11:00am. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Activities

European barge cruises operate at a relaxed pace, with options for walking and biking along the way.

Room Configuration

Single travelers wishing to book a double-occupancy room may do so at a $1550 supplement (value departures) or $1800 supplement (regular departures) in addition to the per-person listed rate in select cabins upon availability.

Families & Children

Children 12 years and older are welcomed aboard all departure dates; children 11 years and under are allowed on special Family Departures or any charter. Children under the age of 18 are eligible for $300 off the double occupancy rate.

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. You must purchase your travel insurance policy within 15 or 21 days of booking (depending on plan) for it to cover pre-existing medical conditions; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, national park regulation or at the captain’s discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.

Classic Cruise—England (Including Downton Abbey) Itinerary

The Classic England River Thames Including Downton Abbey Cruise operates round-trip from London. Embark in London and cruise west to Henley-on-Thames, with an overland transfer east back to London. Along the way, explore castles, gardens, churches, royal properties, a special visit to Highclere Castle (Downton Abbey),  plus rural villages and the charming English countryside.

Route map of Classic England River Thames Including Downtown Abbey Cruise, operating between London & Henley-on-Thames, with overland transit to end in London, and visits to Hampton Court Palace, Runnymede, Windsor, Cliveden, Hurley & Oxford.
Read More
Day 1
SUN - Embark London, England to Hampton Court Palace

Be met at the Stafford Hotel in central London for afternoon English Cream Tea, before being transferred by private chauffeured minibus to the ship. Champagne reception and welcome by the captain and crew. Dinner on board.

Accommodations

Magna Carta

Meals

dinner

Read More
Day 2
MON - Runnymede

This morning explore the magnificent Hampton Court Palace. Tour Henry VIII’s apartments and the Royal Chapel, feel the chill in the haunted gallery and wonder at the Tudor kitchens. Outside, the gardens are breathtaking with The Great Vine, the oldest in the country still producing grapes and the famous maze. After lunch, cruise through Molesey Lock and moor at Runnymede. Dinner on board.

Accommodations

Magna Carta

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 3
TUE - Windsor

After breakfast, consider using the spa facilities of the Runnymede-on-Thames Hotel. Then cruise to Windsor, past the Magna Carta Memorial and Magna Carta Island, where in 1215, King John was forced to meet the powerful barons and seal the historic document. The afternoon excursion is to Windsor Castle. Built by William the Conqueror in 1066 and a royal home for over 900 years by the Royal Family, this is the largest inhabited castle in the world. Explore the State Apartments, see Queen Mary’s Dolls House and St George’s Chapel, and enjoy the far-reaching views. Dinner on board.

Accommodations

Magna Carta

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 4
WED - Cliveden

This morning, take a short drive to the Tudor manor house of Dorney Court, a very special home that has been owned by the Palmer family for more than 450 years and used regularly as a film location. Then cruise upstream past the fabulous waterside houses of Bray and through the spectacular Cliveden Reach to an exclusive mooring on the Cliveden estate. Once home to the Astor family, it has amazing gardens and was, of course, the scene of much political scandal and intrigue. Dinner on board.

Accommodations

Magna Carta

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 5
THU - Hurley & Downton Abbey's Highclere Castle

After breakfast, drive to Highclere Castle (Downton Abbey), one of England’s most beautiful Victorian castles set amidst 1,000 acres of spectacular parkland. The Carnarvon family has lived at Highclere since 1679, and the current castle stands on the site of an earlier house, which in turn was built on the foundations of the medieval palace owned by the Bishops of Winchester for some 800 years. A longstanding friend of the Carnarvon family, Julian Fellowes had Highclere Castle in mind as he wrote Downton Abbey. He often commented he wanted a house which spectacularly testified to the confidence and soaring optimism of the Edwardian period. After lunch, cruise farther upstream to visit the Stanley Spencer Gallery in Cookham and take a walk around the village he once described as “Heaven on Earth,” before cruising through Marlow to Hurley. Dinner on board.

Accommodations

Magna Carta

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 6
FRI - Henley-on-Thames & Oxford

Enjoy a morning cruise to Henley-on-Thames through fabulous countryside to the ship’s final mooring along the famous Henley Regatta Rowing Course. Take an earlier lunch and then drive to Oxford for a fascinating tour of Christ Church, Oxford’s grandest college, founded by Cardinal Wolsey and then again by King Henry VIII. The magnificent surroundings were also where Lewis Carroll wrote Alice in Wonderland. Captain’s farewell dinner on board.

Accommodations

Magna Carta

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 7
SAT - Disembark Henley-on-Thames to London & Depart

After breakfast, disembark and be transferred by private chauffeured minibus to central London or the airport.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

Read More
Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Transfers between central London and the hotel barge (the approximate transfer duration is 1 hour or 1.5 hours depending on the cruise direction), a luxury 6 night cruise, all meals on board catered for by the onboard Master Chef, an open bar 24/7 with a large range of alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks, all wines served throughout the cruise, excursions and admittance fees as per the itinerary, the services of crew members and use of barge facilities including DVD players in each cabin, bicycles and a spa pool.

Exclusions

Air transportation; insurance of any kind; gratuities.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of $1,000 is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
91 or more days – 100% of deposit
90-0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Arrival & Departure

The alternative Classic England River Thames Including Downtown Abbey Cruise operates round-trip from London, England (LHR), cruising to Henley-on-Thames and ending with an overland transfer back to London. We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. Plan flights to arrive to London in time for 3:00pm afternoon tea with your captain at The Stafford Hotel, London, followed by a transfer for the ship, on day 1 of the itinerary. Disembarkation follows breakfast on the final day. Plan flights to depart London no earlier than 2:00pm on the final day, or opt to be transferred back to the Stafford Hotel by 11:00am. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Activities

European barge cruises operate at a relaxed pace, with options for walking and biking along the way.

Room Configuration

Single travelers wishing to book a double-occupancy room may do so at a $1550 supplement (value departures) or $1800 supplement (regular departures) in addition to the per-person listed rate in select cabins upon availability.

Families & Children

Children 12 years and older are welcomed aboard all departure dates; children 11 years and under are allowed on special Family Departures or any charter. Children under the age of 18 are eligible for $300 off the double occupancy rate.

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. You must purchase your travel insurance policy within 15 or 21 days of booking (depending on plan) for it to cover pre-existing medical conditions; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, national park regulation or at the captain’s discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.

Reverse Classic Cruise—England (Including Downton Abbey) Itinerary

The reverse Classic England River Thames Including Downton Abbey Cruise operates round-trip from London. Begin with an overland transfer west to Henley-on-Thames, then cruise east back to London. Along the way, explore castles, gardens, churches, royal properties, a special visit to Highclere Castle (Downton Abbey),  plus rural villages and the charming English countryside.

Route map of Classic England River Thames Including Downtown Abbey Cruise, operating between London & Henley-on-Thames, with overland transit to end in London, and visits to Hampton Court Palace, Runnymede, Windsor, Cliveden, Hurley & Oxford.
Read More
Day 1
SUN - Depart London to Henley-on-Thames & Embark

Be met at the Stafford Hotel in central London for afternoon English Cream Tea, before being transferred by private chauffeured minibus to the ship. Enjoy a champagne welcome and an introduction to the crew, and perhaps an evening stroll along the towpath. Dinner on board.

Accommodations

Magna Carta

Meals

dinner

Read More
Day 2
Hurley

After breakfast, drive to Oxford for a fascinating tour of Christ Church, Oxford’s grandest college, founded by Cardinal Wolsey and then again by King Henry VIII. The magnificent surroundings were also where Lewis Carroll wrote Alice in Wonderland. After lunch, cruise the famous Regatta Mile, where every July, rowing teams from around the world compete in front of champagne and Pimms-fuelled crowds, then continue through fabulous countryside to Hurley. Here, tour Peter Freebody’s boatyard nearby and watch in wonder as the traditional craftsmen build and restore classic wooden craft. Take time to explore the ancient village, including Ye Olde Belle, reputed to be the oldest inn in the country, before returning to the hotel barge. Dinner on board.

Accommodations

Magna Carta

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 3
TUE - Cliveden & Downton Abbey's Highclere Castle

This morning, drive to Highclere Castle (Downton Abbey), one of England’s most beautiful Victorian Castles set amidst 1,000 acres of spectacular parkland. The Carnarvon family has lived at Highclere since 1679, and the current Castle stands on the site of an earlier house, which in turn was built on the foundations of the medieval palace owned by the Bishops of Winchester for some 800 years. Longstanding friend of the Carnarvon family, Julian Fellowes had Highclere Castle in mind as he wrote Downton Abbey. He often commented he wanted a house which spectacularly testified to the confidence and soaring optimism of the Edwardian period. After lunch, cruise through Marlow to Cookham to visit the Stanley Spencer Gallery, which celebrates the paintings of one of England’s greatest and most eccentric artists. Take a walk around this picturesque village he once described as “Heaven on Earth” and where he painted much of his work, then continue the cruise into the spectacular Cliveden Reach to an exclusive mooring on the Cliveden estate. Dinner on board.

Accommodations

Magna Carta

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 4
WED - Windsor

This morning, take a tour of the Cliveden estate. Cliveden was once owned by the Astor family, though the original house dates back to 1666. The property has glorious gardens that include a Parterre, Chinese water garden and wonderful topiary and was, of course, the scene of much political intrigue and scandal. This afternoon, cruise through Maidenhead and Boulters Lock (made famous in Victorian times), past the fabulous waterside homes of Bray to the ship’s mooring right in the heart of Royal Windsor. Dinner on board.

Accommodations

Magna Carta

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 5
THU - Shepperton

Take a morning tour of Windsor Castle, a short walk from the ship’s mooring. Built by William the Conqueror in 1066 and a royal home for over 900 years, this is the largest inhabited castle in the world. Explore the State Apartments and St George’s Chapel, see Queen Mary’s Dolls House and enjoy the far-reaching views. During lunch, cruise and enjoy breath-taking views of the castle and past the meadows of Runnymede and Magna Carta Island, where in 1215 King John was forced to meet the powerful barons and seal the historic document. Consider using the spa facilities of the Runnymede-on-Thames Hotel, then continue the cruise to a secluded overnight mooring near Shepperton lock. Dinner on board.

Accommodations

Magna Carta

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 6
FRI - Hampton Court Palace

After breakfast, spend the morning cruising through countryside and the delightful riverside towns and locks of Sunbury and Molesey to a special final mooring right by Hampton Court Palace. After lunch, explore the magnificent Palace, touring Henry VIII’s apartments and the Royal Chapel. Feel the chill in the haunted gallery and wonder at the Tudor kitchens. Outside, the gardens are stunning, with The Great Vine, the oldest in the country still producing grapes and the famous maze. Captain’s farewell dinner on board.

Accommodations

Magna Carta

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 7
SAT - Disembark Hampton Court Palace, London

After breakfast, be transferred by private chauffeured minibus to central London or the airport.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

Read More
Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Transfers between central London and the hotel barge (the approximate transfer duration is 1 hour or 1.5 hours depending on the cruise direction), a luxury 6 night cruise, all meals on board catered for by the onboard Master Chef, an open bar 24/7 with a large range of alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks, all wines served throughout the cruise, excursions and admittance fees as per the itinerary, the services of crew members and use of barge facilities including DVD players in each cabin, bicycles and a spa pool.

Exclusions

Air transportation; insurance of any kind; gratuities.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of $1,000 is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
91 or more days – 100% of deposit
90-0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Arrival & Departure

The reverse alternative Classic England River Thames Including Downtown Abbey Cruise operates round-trip from London, England (LHR), beginning with an overland transfer to Henley-on-Thames and cruising back to London. We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. Plan flights to arrive to London in time for 3:00pm afternoon tea with your captain at The Stafford Hotel, London, followed by a transfer to the ship, on day 1 of the itinerary. Disembarkation follows breakfast on the final day. Plan flights to depart London no earlier than 2:00pm on the final day, or opt to be transferred back to the Stafford Hotel by 11:00am. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Activities

European barge cruises operate at a relaxed pace, with options for walking and biking along the way.

Room Configuration

Single travelers wishing to book a double-occupancy room may do so at a $1550 supplement (value departures) or $1800 supplement (regular departures) in addition to the per-person listed rate in select cabins upon availability.

Families & Children

Children 12 years and older are welcomed aboard all departure dates; children 11 years and under are allowed on special Family Departures or any charter. Children under the age of 18 are eligible for $300 off the double occupancy rate.

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. You must purchase your travel insurance policy within 15 or 21 days of booking (depending on plan) for it to cover pre-existing medical conditions; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, national park regulation or at the captain’s discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.

Rates & Dates

Cruise Rates & Dates

Note: Each departure’s direction is typically confirmed 6-8 weeks in advance, with every departure operating round-trip from London.

This ship is an AdventureSmith favorite for private charter. Contact us for charter pricing and details. See Deals section for details on flexible booking policies.

Oct 25 - Oct 31, 2020
Magna Carta • 7 days
From $4890USD
Per Person
Read More
Read More
Apr 04 - Apr 10, 2021
Magna Carta • 7 days
From $4890USD
Per Person
Read More
Read More
Apr 11 - Apr 17, 2021
Magna Carta • 7 days
small ship alternate itinerary icon with a grey background
From $4890USD
Per Person
Read More
Read More
Apr 18 - Apr 24, 2021
Magna Carta • 7 days
From $4890USD
Per Person
Read More
Read More
Apr 25 - May 01, 2021
Magna Carta • 7 days
From $5850USD
Per Person
Read More
Read More
May 02 - May 08, 2021
Magna Carta • 7 days
small ship alternate itinerary icon with a grey background
From $5850USD
Per Person
Read More
Read More
May 09 - May 15, 2021
Magna Carta • 7 days
From $5850USD
Per Person
Read More
Read More
May 16 - May 22, 2021
Magna Carta • 7 days
From $5850USD
Per Person
Read More
Read More
May 23 - May 29, 2021
Magna Carta • 7 days
From $5850USD
Per Person
Read More
Read More
Jul 11 - Jul 17, 2021
Magna Carta • 7 days
From $5850USD
Per Person
Read More
Read More
Jul 25 - Jul 31, 2021
Magna Carta • 7 days
From $5850USD
Per Person
Read More
Read More
Aug 08 - Aug 14, 2021
Magna Carta • 7 days
From $5850USD
Per Person
Read More
Read More
Aug 15 - Aug 21, 2021
Magna Carta • 7 days
From $5850USD
Per Person
Read More
Read More
Aug 22 - Aug 28, 2021
Magna Carta • 7 days
From $5850USD
Per Person
Read More
Read More
Aug 29 - Sep 04, 2021
Magna Carta • 7 days
From $5850USD
Per Person
Read More
Read More
Sep 05 - Sep 11, 2021
Magna Carta • 7 days
From $5850USD
Per Person
Read More
Read More
Sep 26 - Oct 02, 2021
Magna Carta • 7 days
From $5850USD
Per Person
Read More
Read More
Oct 17 - Oct 23, 2021
Magna Carta • 7 days
From $4890USD
Per Person
Read More
Read More
Oct 24 - Oct 30, 2021
Magna Carta • 7 days
From $4890USD
Per Person
Read More
Read More
small ship alternate itinerary icon with a grey background Alternative Itinerary
Accommodation

Learn About the Small Ship on Your Itinerary

Riverboat
Magna Carta

The 8-guest Magna Carta barge is a quaint floating hotel that cruises the Royal River Thames. Cruise in style aboard this classy hotel barge stocked with fine wine, gourmet meals and bikes. Custom charter themes include golf, theater, tennis and family cruises.

Deals

Current Deals on This Trip

Add to Wishlist
Offer expires October 31st, 2020
Save 10% On Select 2021 Classic England River Thames Cruises

Book your select April or May 2021 cruise and save up to 10% per person in this special early-booking deal.

Add to Wishlist
Offer expires October 31st, 2020
Save 10% on Select 2021 European River Cruise Charters

Book now to save up to 10% on your 2021 private charter cruise aboard the 8-guest Magna Carta or Scottish Highlander.

Add to Wishlist
Offer expires December 31st, 2020
Flexible Booking Policy on 2020 & 2021 European River Cruises

Book or re-book 2020 or 2021 Scotland, Ireland or England river cruises with confidence using these risk-free, flexible policy details.

Book with the confidence that comes from experience.

100+ combined years of experience, 7 continents explored, decades of expedition cruising around the world & here to help you find & book your dream trip.

Extend Your Trip

Additional Travel Options Before or After Your Cruise

Add to Wishlist
12 Day Cruise
From the Highlands to the High Arctic

Cruise from Edinburgh, Scotland to Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen aboard the 114-guest Sea Spirit on this epic adventure with stops at the Faroe Islands, Jan Mayen and Fair Isle, which feature over 345 bird species, deep-green hills, bright blue sea and colorful communities.

Special Offer
From $4895USD
May Jun
Add to Wishlist
6 Day Cruise
Wild Iceland Escape

On this 6-day Wild Iceland Escape Cruise aboard 148-guest Nat Geo Explorer, discover pristine fjords, fascinating tundra and dramatic waterfalls. Soak in geothermal hot springs, hike over cooled lava fields and view Iceland's newest isle Surtsey.

Special Offer
From $5030USD
Jun Jul
Add to Wishlist
13 - 16 Day Cruise
Norwegian Fjords Aboard Expedition

Sail aboard the 134-guest M/S Expedition to explore the vast and stunning fjords of Norway plus spend a few days exploring the culturally rich Scottish Isles.

Special Offer
From $4999USD
May Jun
More to Explore

Trips You Might Also Like

Add to Wishlist
7 Day Cruise
Classic Scotland Barge Cruise

On this relaxed 7-day barge cruise, meander through the Scottish Highlands, taking in castles, bagpipes, whiskey and rich cultural heritage. The 8-guest Scottish Highlander or 12-guest Spirit of Scotland offer cozy respite, gourmet food and wine, and bikes on board.

Special Offer
From $4590USD
Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct
Add to Wishlist
16 Day Cruise
Ancient Isles: England, Ireland & Scotland

Meander through English gardens, steep in Irish folklore and visit sacred islands, ancient abbeys and UNESCO World Heritage sites during this comprehensive England, Ireland and Scotland cruise aboard 148-guest National Geographic Explorer.

Special Offer
From $16590USD
May Jun
Add to Wishlist
9 Day Cruise
Scotland's Highlands & Islands

This 9-day cruise highlights seldom seen Scottish landscapes and top historical sights throughout the interior and along the coast. On the purpose-built, Lord of the Glens ship, navigate through the canals that lead through the heart of the Scottish countryside.

Special Offer
From $8340USD
Jun Jul Aug
Exit Created with Sketch.

Classic England River Thames Cruise

test message
View Wishlist